Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has said that if there is a provision for the post of Deputy Speaker in the Lok Sabha, then it was only obvious that there should be one, but it was not the Speaker’s job to appoint one, and that the Deputy Speaker was chosen by the House.
His comments come against the backdrop of renewed efforts by Opposition parties in urging the government to fill the Deputy Speaker’s position, which has been vacant for the past 15 months.
About Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha
- Article 93 of the Constitution provides for the election of both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. For the election of Deputy Speaker, there is no need to resign from their original party though as a Deputy Speaker, they have to remain impartial.
- He acts as the presiding officer in case of leave or absence caused by death or illness of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Usually, the Deputy Speaker is elected in the first meeting of the Lok Sabha after the General elections from amongst the members of the Lok Sabha. It is by convention that position of Deputy Speaker is offered to opposition party in India.
- They hold office until either they cease to be a member of the Lok Sabha or they resign. They can be removed from office by a resolution passed in the Lok Sabha by an effective majority of its members.
- However, it should be noted that there is a constitution-mandated panel of 10 members to preside over the proceedings of the Lok Sabha in the absence of Speaker.